Excited to be back again this month with another DIY project for you guys! Incase you haven’t seen any of my previous guest posts for Create.Craft.Love then I will quickly introduce myself! My name is Maria and I create stuff and blog all about it over at Pastels & Macarons.
Last month we celebrated my son’s first birthday party. If there is one thing that I love in this world it’s a good kids birthday party. I’m all about the cuteness and fun themes. I decided for Cooper’s very special first birthday I would go with a woodlands Theme. I love woodlands. I decorated my first son’s nursery in Woodlands cuteness. This Moss Covered Number completes the look!
I wanted to make a large number as part of the decorations and wanted it to really stand out and be a bit different. When I walked past my local florist and saw some beautiful moss in their window display I knew I had to get my hands on some of that moss and cover the number one in moss. Pretty sure my florist now thinks I’m a weirdo for buying moss randomly but I’m so glad I went with the idea because it looked great and really made the whole theme come together as I used a little moss on the table display also.
I’m all about making simple projects. With two small children (sixteen months apart) running around the house I don’t have time to spend hours on end on one individual project, not at the moment anyway, so I found this project to be surprisingly easy and quick.
Be warned though, it’s a messy project but well worth the end result!
What you will need for this Moss Covered Number Tutorial
Large pieces of Natural Moss
Large Foam Board
Thick Ribbon (optional)
First thing you will need to do is draw up your large number one. I sketched directly on an old piece of foam board I had laying around that I used to spray paint small objects. I sketched with a pencil until I got the number to look the way I wanted it to.
Cut the outline of the number with an Xacto Knife.
Once your number is cut, you are ready to glue on your moss. This is where things get messy. There is no right way about this step. You need to place your moss the best way you can on the number until you cover the entire area. Hot glue the moss on as you go along. Even if you need to cut parts of the moss and glue them in small pieces (I did this for the bottom corners of the number) this is ok. Just glue it all close together and you won’t see where you have cut into the moss.
Once your entire number is covered and glued on, grab a pair of scissors and cut the outline so that all the edges look nice and neat.
The final step is to hot glue on your ribbon if you wish to hang the number. This number will easily hang as it doesn’t weigh anything so it can very safely be hung on a wall with a thumb tack.
*Depending on the type of moss you get will depend if you need to clean the base of the moss or not. I found there was a lot of thick dirt stuck on to very fine little roots so I cut into this layer with my scissors and was able to glue the moss on with ease.
The number was one of my favourite parts of the party decor but then again I do have lots of favourites from the party! I was very happy with how it all came together. If you want to see the entire Woodlands Birthday Party you can view it here.
I love moss projects now! I also made a Faux Moss Garland for the party which I intend to use for Christmas also.
I’ve had lots of fun showing you this project today and hope you get your moss on! 😉
See you guys next month with a new project for you to try at home!
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